Bassekou Kouyaté is better known as the ngoni player on seminal recordings by Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Touré. Segu Blue is his assured, elegant and long overdue debutRead more "Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – Segu Blue"
Malick has had three books of his photos published, exhibitions across Europe and the States and is regularly cited as one of Africa’s most important photographers. I dropped in on his Bamako studio to find a gentle man fighting the good fight against the airborne red earth of Africa and dodgy chemicalsRead more "Malick Sidibe – Dusty Town Portraiture"
Iconic, essential, quite possibly still a ‘work of lunatic scholarship’, The Rough Guide to World Music is back but what kind of shape is it in all these years later?Read more "The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa & Middle East – Volume 1 of 3 (Book review)"
Catching Ba Cissoko’s band on stage is like watching African lightning bottled in front of you. The aching beauty of the acoustic kora, the thrill of an electrified kora and the cross currents of tradition and modernity in west African music meeting in one band. The whole — as dazzling as it is — feels […]Read more "Ba Cissoko – Visitors from Electric Griot Land"
The singer songwriter boom continues in the UK but here at Fly, we like to look a little further a field sometimes. Nibs van der Spuy gently weaves his native Southern Africa into his guitar-led sound to create an album of disarming beautyRead more "Nibs van der Spuy – Beautiful Feet"
Ghana’s “Rain God” Batman Samini yesterday lifted the MOBO award for “Best African Act”Read more "Ghana’s Batman Samini – “Best African Act” 2006 MOBO Awards"
A near faultless album and a creative statement of pan-African visionRead more "Louis Mhlanga – World Traveller"